The TeachingEnglish website
TeachingEnglish is produced by the British Council with content and editorial support from the British Broadcasting Corporation. Both organisations receive funding from the UK government for their work in promoting English, supporting English language teaching (ELT) and providing information and access to ELT products, services and expertise from the UK.

All teaching materials on the site are free to access. They are designed for native and non-native speaker teachers of English working in primary, secondary and adult teaching in state schools and ELT around the world. 

Our purpose
We have designed this site to act in four ways:

  1. as a theoretical and historical archive: where you can read about teaching methodology, current practice and issues in ELT.
  2. as a practical resource: for teaching materials, activities and ideas.
  3. as a developmental resource: to help teachers of English with professional development and to provide access to further training through courses, conferences, seminars and webinars.
  4. as an information source: to be a point of reference with publications and research in the field of ELT, as well as an access point for consultancy services to implement educational policy reform.

Our content
The site is divided into five main sections based on the purposes described above:

  1. Teaching resources: where you can find practical lesson plans, activities and tips for all age groups, as well as tools for teachers and materials for specialist areas.
  2. Teacher development: where teachers can find help and guidance on professional development and policy makers can find resources to help guide educational policy reform.
  3. Teacher training: where you can find out about our teacher training courses online or at our offices around the world.
  4. Articles: where you can find articles for teachers on different aspects of teaching, from classroom practice to learning theory.
  5. Community: where you can watch discussions with teachers from around the world and add your voice, sign up for our global newsletter as well as our regional contacts scheme, and reflect with our featured blogs and bloggers. 

TeachingEnglish also allows users to comment on selected content across the site. Views expressed by our users are theirs and do not necessarily reflect the views of the British Council or the BBC.

The TeachingEnglish team
Meet us on the TeachingEnglish team page and find out more about our writers. Learn more about the British Council's online resources for teachers and learners of English.


Hi miho,i am Anita. i am a graduate student myself, researching group discussion skills in ESL classrooms in Malaysia. my major is second language acquisition, and i am looking at group interaction using Exploratory Talk. maybe we can share resources. what area are you researching?

Thank you for this wonderful idea! We had a  seminar and I am a teacher of English language. I found it very helpful and interesting,too. Hope that many teachers would find it helpful

I found this site from my friend but it's the most important chance to me. Because I can use a site to develop my ways in English teaching and to meet others and to share them everything about English. Moreover, I can consult the officers from this site by sending E-mail to them directly.  Miss. Sunantisa Angchotiphan

I like this site because it is very easy and helpful for all ages people.

i am very exciting, finally i found youa site that can help mei am a new teacher and looking for helps to improve my teaching and learningthank you BBC  

can someone be kind enough to let me know the email id of micheal swan the writer .

Dear anita im teaching o levels .
I would be more than grateful if you could help me with your esl tips and some of the experiences from real life. Also if you could share teaching material and tell me whats your take on and your experience so far in the capacity of esl teacher and language acquisition.
we may have nice chat on that, m sure :)